A new trilby @ CA4LA London

When I answered the door this morning, I was a little shock by the crispness in the air.
It felt like my cheeks were patted by a very cold pair of hands! As much as I enjoyed inhaling a lung full of autumn morning air which was invigorating, I couldn’t help feeling a pang of sadness. The summer has definitely left the building, hasn’t it? Even though autumn is my most favourite time amongst four seasons, the end of summer always leaves me with a nostalgia. The memories, especially good ones are always hazy & golden, aren’t they? Oh, stop it! It’s too early for daydreaming…

Anyway, a new season is upon us. What item should I add to my wardrobe, I wonder.
To be 100% honest, I am not really keen on Baroque or floral stuff which seem to be carrying on from S/S 2012. I am petite (5’2″) with a boyish figure. Therefore, a large print really doesn’t work for me. And with those ‘opulent’ trousers with side pockets, it only emphasises my lack of curves in a rather demoralizing way. Flicking through the pages of Vogue, I wondered if I shouldn’t be bothered about this season at all since the trend, apart from khaki green & army stuff, doesn’t excite ma at all. Might as well, just sticking to skinny jeans & boyfriend jackets. No point in trying to be someone else, isn’t there?

However, I had one item I wanted to add for A/W 2012. A hat.
So, Mr.B & I visited a hat shop CA4LA on Pitfield Street.


The name “CA4LA” (pronounced as Ka-shi-la in Japanese) means the head and also the top.
I bought my very first black trilby from them last winter and received many compliments every time I wore it. Until post-CA4LA, I was not at all a hat person. A joshing remark casually made by my sister many years ago stuck with me – ‘With a hat on, you look like an off-duty comedienne in a dodgy disguise’. Then, the experience at CA4LA changed it all…


A heaven for hat lovers!
The shop was brimming with all sort of hats – trilbies, fedoras, bowler hats, panamas, pork pies, beanies, flat caps, cassettes, berets, sailor hats, baseball caps…etc. Not only they carried mesmerizing varieties in style but also in colour and material. There were too many choices for me who was not entirely confident when it came to choose anything above my neck.

Then, I had a saviour…


This lady with Mr.B helped me to choose a perfect hat!
She listened to my every whim patiently and dispensed her impartial advice which made me feel so much more confident in front of the mirror. Anyone’s ability of judging justly can be clouded if one is too self conscious. My state was just like that then. However, her words emboldened me and in the end, I decided to take home a grey trilby with us…


Can’t believe it! Another hat!!
I tried it with my beloved Kooples jacket and Ash boots while Mr.B looking on contemptuously.
‘Here she goes again. Musing herself in a mirror. Why humans are so vain?’ Yeah, I hear you, Mr.B…


How do I look?
Hubbie says ‘It looks OK’. Well, he is never generous with complements anyway…

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